1. POPE BENEDICT XVI TO STEP DOWN
The 85-year-old pontiff, the first to resign in nearly 600 years, says his advanced age and diminishing strength have made it too difficult to carry on.
2. SNOWED-IN NORTHEAST TRIES TO GET BACK TO WORK
Public transit returned after more than 3 feet of snow fell in some places and New York reopened a major highway where hundreds of cars were stranded.
3. MANHUNT FOR EX-LA COP MOVES TO SUBURBS
Police surround the Irvine home of a believed target of Christopher Dorner, and evacuated a San Fernando Valley store after a reported sighting.
4. HORSEMEAT SCANDAL SPREADS THROUGHOUT EUROPE
France says Romanian butchers and Dutch and Cypriot traders were involved in the supply chain that put horsemeat disguised as beef in frozen food.
5. GATES BACKS OVERSIGHT OF DRONE PROGRAM
The former defense secretary supports proposals for a special court to review Obama’s deadly strikes against Americans linked to al-Qaida.
6. TWISTER DAMAGES MISS. CAMPUS
The governor was to tour hard-hit Hattiesburg today where windows were blown out and roofs ripped off at his alma mater, University of Southern Mississippi.
7. STAMPEDE AT HINDU FESTIVAL KILLS 37
At least 30 others are hurt when thousands celebrating the Kumbh Mela fell into a crush rushing between train platforms.
8. REAL-LIFE CRASH ON REALITY SHOW
Three people died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles while filming an untitled military-themed show for the Discovery Channel.
9. GRAMMYS SPREAD THE LOVE WITH SURPRISE BEST ALBUM WINNER
Mumford & Sons’ Babel won the top prize, while the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach took home four trophies and Fun. won best new artist.
10. WHY YOU’LL FIND THE YANKEES PRESIDENT AT DOG SHOW
Randy Levine, co-owner of Mitch, a 5-year-old yellow Lab, says: “He’s like Derek Jeter. Very calm.”
1. POPE BENEDICT XVI TO STEP DOWN
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'Ice Friday’ bears down on Texas, much of Midwest
As snow and freezing rain blanketed normally sun-swept North Texas, residents accustomed to warmer temperatures appeared to heed warnings on what one hardware store manager called “Ice Friday,” staying off nearly impassable roadways and out of the skin-stinging cold.
World mourns Mandela, struggles to find the words
For most of the world, his name is synonymous with courage and perseverance. Leaders and citizens, athletes and artists remembered Nelson Mandela on Friday — though many struggled to find words big enough to describe the man who changed the face of South Africa and inspired a continent and a world: a colossus, a father figure, a giant baobab tree providing shade for an entire nation.
Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95
Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
No charges in Jameis Winston sex assault case
A prosecutor says Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged in a sexual assault case.
Immigrant students seeking in-state tuition
A hearing is set for a lawsuit filed by a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and want the Georgia university system to grant them in-state tuition.
US man marks 4 years in Cuban prison, writes Obama
An American man who is marking four years in prison in Cuba has written a letter to President Barack Obama asking the president to get personally involved in securing his release.
Pearl Harbor survivor thrives meeting visitors
Herb Weatherwax cruises the open-air grounds of the visitors center at Pearl Harbor on a motorized scooter dubbed “Herb’s Hot Rod.” When a woman notices his blue and white cap embroidered with the words “Pearl Harbor Survivor,” he coaxes her over.
Review: Xbox One nearly a set-top box replacement
The Xbox One won’t quite replace your TV set-top box, but it comes awfully close.
Springsteen ’Born to Run’ manuscript at NY auction
Tramps like us, baby we were born to bid.
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